Gaia Women Lead

May 2-4, 2018 | Santa Barbara, CA
Beyond Resistance: Heroines, Change and Building the Future

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor in the department of psychology at Saint Louis University. Her research examines the experience of discrimination, its impact on mental health and intergroup relations. Her courses have ranged from Abnormal Psychology to the Psychology of Racism. She has published in American Psychological Association journals such as American Psychologist, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority PsychologyJournal of Diversity in Higher Education, and The Harvard Business Review and popular media outlets such as Huffington Post and The Atlantic.
As a consultant, she has worked with schools, communities, institutions of higher education and corporations to improve diversity and inclusion efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action. Her consulting firm, The Mouse and the Elephant, develops customized curriculum to meet companies’ long-term needs. She served as a racial equity consultant for the Ferguson Commission and continued as the Racial Equity Catalyst for Forward Through Ferguson.
As a media personality, she has appeared on television and social media speaking about the psychology of race, intergroup relations and talking to kids about race. Follow her on YouTube channel (Truth 2 Power Featuring Dr. Kira Banks) and Facebook (Dr. Kira Banks).
Kira received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and her MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

 

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